G John Curry made a career-high and Wild season-high 43 saves in his Wild debut to lead Minnesota to a 4-2 victory Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,664 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Matt Moulson earned his third game winner with Minnesota, while C Kyle Brodziak netted two goals and RW Nino Niederreiter also scored. Minnesota finishes the regular season against Nashville on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota extended its point streak to seven games (6-0-1), moving to 98 points this season – tied for the second-most single-season total in franchise history. The Wild moved to 26-9-5 at Xcel Energy Center this season, including 10-2-3 in its last 15 on home ice.
G John Curry made his Wild debut and set a new career-high with 43 saves – the most by a Wild goaltender this season (39, Kuemper: 1/7 at LA; Backstrom, 1/9 at PHX). He becomes the 15th goalie to ever play a game with the Wild and the first Minnesotan to play in net for the Wild. Tonight marked his fourth career NHL start and fifth game – his first game and start since Jan. 16, 2010 and first win since Dec. 11, 2008, both with Pittsburgh.
C Kyle Brodziak scored his fifth-career shorthanded goal, followed by a marker 58 seconds into the third period to earn his 11th career multi-point game. He has 24 points (8-16=24) in 81 games. The shorthanded goal also marked the Wild’s fourth this season and first on home ice.
D Christian Folin made his NHL debut, tallying his first point with the primary assist on the fourth Wild goal. He also recorded a plus-3 rating, tied for the game-high. He signed an entry-level contract with the Wild on March 31 after finishing his sophomore season at UMass Lowell.
C Mikko Koivu played in his 600th NHL game, winning 5-of-8 faceoffs (62.5%). He ranks second in franchise history in games played (Nick Schultz, 743) and is the all-time leader in points (451) and assists (321), ranking second in goals (130) and T-2nd in GWG (21).
RW Nino Niederreiter scored the game’s opening goal, his 14th of the season, and added an assist for his fifth career multi-point game, all this season. He has 36 points (14-22=36) in 80 games, ranking second on the team in hits (172) and T-4th in plus-minus (12).
LW Matt Cooke used two assists to earn his 59th career multi-point game, fourth this season. He has 27 points (10-17=27) in 81 games and leads the Wild with 188 hits.
LW Matt Moulson netted the Wild’s go-ahead goal in the second period. He now has three game-winning goals and 12 points (6-6=12) in 19 games since being acquired by Minnesota on March 5. He has 20 points (8-12=20) in his last 25 games overall, totaling 50 points (23-27=50) in 74 games this season – his third career 50-point season.
C Erik Haula assisted on Moulson’s goal. He has five points in his last six games (2-3=5), and 13 points (6-7=13) in 45 games during his rookie season.
D Jonathon Blum recorded his first point of the season and in a Wild uniform, earning an assist on Niederreiter’s goal.
Minnesota earned its first win against the Blues in 10 meetings (1-6-3). It’s the Wild’s first regulation win vs. St. Louis since Nov. 5, 2011.
D Kevin Shattenkirk and LW Jaden Schwartz each scored for St. Louis, while G Ryan Miller stopped 9-of-13 shots in 43:21 to earn the loss, before being replaced in net by G Brian Elliot, who made two saves.
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